Captain Warren Smith, a native of Princeton, New Jersey, earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Yale University. Captain Smith is a registered architect, licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. He has worked for architectural firms in Princeton, NJ, New Haven, CT, and New York City. His practice has encompassed office towers, residential buildings, commercial and educational facilities. Captain Smith has been principal of his own firm, Warren Temple Smith Architects, LLC, based in Rhinebeck, NY since 1993. He serves on the Dutchess County Planning Board, is President of the Board of Directors of Hudson River Heritage, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Commissioned March 1981 from Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI, Captain Smith's initial assignment was to the guided-missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG-9), forward deployed and home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. Communications Officer and later Navigator for the Towers and embarked Commander Destroyer Squadron 15, Captain Smith next reported to Pascagoula, MS in December 1983, to join the pre-commissioning detachment for CG-48 Yorktown, under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Assigned as Communications Officer, Captain Smith served aboard USS Yorktown during and after her July 1984 commissioning, leaving active duty in July 1985. Among his reserve assignments, Captain Smith served as Gaining Command Liaison Officer (Reserve OIC) for units attached to USS Nassau (LHA-4) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), Selected Reserve Administrator (Reserve XO) for the USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7), Joint Public Affairs Operations Officer for United States Atlantic Command and United States Joint Forces Command units, and a Joint Staff Planner for Area Air Defense Commander Atlantic. Captain Smith retired from the Navy Reserve in January 2007. Surface Warfare qualified, Captain Smith's awards include the Joint Service Commendation medal. Captain Smith has been a member of the New York Naval Militia since 2004.
In November 2015 CAPT Smith was appointed the Regional Commander for NY Naval Militia Northern Command.